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In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it's time for a change. That ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.

  1. Alan Smithee

    Director

  2. Robert Totten

    Director

  3. Don Siegel

    Director

  4. Lewis B. Patten

    Novel

  5. Joseph Calvelli

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard Widmark

    Richard Widmark

    Marshal Frank Patch

  2. Lena Horne

    Lena Horne

    Claire Quintana

  3. Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor

    Lester Locke

  4. Kent Smith

    Kent Smith

    Andrew Oxley

  5. Jacqueline Scott

    Jacqueline Scott

    Laurie Mills

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Status Released

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  • April 4, 1969
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

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